NiceVision Net 2.5

By: Ethan Ace, Published on Dec 06, 2011

VMS provider NICE Systems has announced version 2.5 of their NiceVision Net software. This release promises improvement in usability and performance. In this update, we'll look at these new features relative to their previous 2.0 version.

Overview

For detailed information on NICE's offereing, see our in-depth report examining its featureset. In short, NICE offers three tiers of VMS software:

  • eXpress: Supports 64 cameras and four users on a single server
  • Professional: Supports 200 cameras and 20 users on multiple servers, with some advanced feature support
  • Enterprise: Supports an unlimited number of cameras and users on an unlimited number of servers

NiceVision Net is available as either license-only, or pre-installed on their own line of NVR hardware. NICE also offers analytics packages which may either be run on the NVR, or on the edge, in their line of encoders.

Performance Enhancements

With the release of version 2.5, NICE has increased the claimed throughput handling capacity of a single server (including their high-end NVR, the SVR9810) to 512Mbps. Previous versions were capable of handling less than half of this, 200Mbps. 512Mbps essentially boils down to 128 cameras with 4Mbps streams, more than enough to run HD cameras in most applications. Few other manufacturers specify the maximum throughput capacity of their software. Genetec is one exception, which specifies a top-end limit of 300Mbps for Omnicast. 

GUI Improvements

Net 2.5 makes some improvements to the user interface:

  • Tabbed views: Users may now open tasks in multiple tabs in a single window. Camera views, investigation, and maps may be opened in separate tabs, for example, to reduce the number of open windows
  • Event management interface: NICE has completely revamped the event management interface of NetVision 2.5. The list view has been changed to more of an access control system style list, and the database engine has been rewritten to speed queries. Events are shared between operators, to allow multiple logged-in users to handle events simultaneously.
  • Resource dashboard: NICE's resource dashboard is a single screen which shows multiple system health parameters. This interface shows network, channel, and version information from connected recorders, down to the channel level, along with storage capacity, processor, and throughput information.

Mobile Client

One of the most interesting features of version 2.5 is the addition of a platform-independent mobile and web client. In addition to working in any desktop web browser, NICE's mobile client also runs on mobile web browsers, requiring no software installation. This allows it to run on iOS and Android devices, as well as Blackberry and Symbian, two platforms which rarely see mobile clients. A transcoder service provides video for these multiple devices by detecting which platform is trying to connect, and transcoding into the appropriate format. This service may be run on the NVR/VMS server if throughput is low enough, or on a separate server if more connections are required.

Get Notified of Video Surveillance Breaking News
Get Notified of Video Surveillance Breaking News

ONVIF Compliance

NiceVision Net 2.5 is now ONVIF compliant. Previous version lacked this capability. NICE maintains a smaller list of integrated devices than competitive platforms. NICE claims this is because every camera listed as compatible is integrated and tested by them internally, so compatibility is guaranteed. ONVIF opens up hundreds of other devices, however, so unlisted devices may be used if users choose.

Additional Analytics

NICE has added two analytic functions to version 2.5:

  • PTZ autotracking: PTZ cameras may now be set to track and zoom in our subjects. This may be triggered either by an object entering its own field of view, or the FOV of a fixed camera or cameras. It may also be triggered by external sensors, such as fence detection or access control systems.
  • Multiple analytic functions on a single channel: In Net 2.5, users may now apply multiple analytic rules to a single channel. These rules function independantly, i.e., there is no AND gating. However, rules may be combined using NICE's event manager, so that alarms are generated only if both analytic rules are activated.

Competitive Analysis

Some of the above enhancements are potential advantages over competitive options. In large-scale systems, NICE's increased throughput handling may reduce the number of servers needed. The mobile client may also be an advantage because of its no-software-required architecture. Overall, however, we see these changes as most likely being welcomed by NICE integrators and users, but not shifting the company's overall positioning in the VMS market. 

Comments : Members only. Login. or Join.

Related Reports

VMS 101 on Mar 03, 2020
This guide teaches the fundamentals about video management software. Inside, we cover: NVR vs VMS Viewing Video - What are common client...
Genetec Security Center 5.9 Release Examined on Feb 06, 2020
Genetec released the next major version of Security Center, less than a year after version 5.8. This also follows no Genetec major releases in...
Vunetrix Health Monitoring Company Profile on Nov 26, 2019
Vunetrix boasts that they make the integrators the 'HERO' by using Vunetrix's monitoring. We spoke to Vunetrix to better understand their...
Genetec Stratocast VSaaS Tested on Sep 05, 2019
The VSaaS market is rapidly expanding in 2019, with Verkada, Meraki, Eagle Eye, Avigilon and numerous startups growing their market share. When we...
CheckMySystems Company Profile on Aug 14, 2019
CheckMySystems says that too many users respond, "I get an email when something is wrong" when talking about their video system maintenance plan,...
Avigilon Blue VSaaS Tested on Aug 05, 2019
Avigilon says Blue is a "powerful integrator cloud service platform", easy to set up and configure, quickly scale business, by leveraging cloud...
Milestone XProtect 2019 R1 Tested on May 15, 2019
For the past few years, Milestone has released quarterly software updates XProtect VMS platform. What is new and how much impact do the updates...
Bluecherry Open Sources Entire VMS on May 13, 2019
Bluecherry announced they have "released the entire Bluecherry software application open source with a GPL license". We spoke to Bluecherry's...
LenelS2 Launches VRx Video Platform on Apr 29, 2019
For years, S2's video management platform, the NetVR, was based on Exacq. Now, after years of internal development, S2 has launched its own...
Airship VMS Profile on Apr 03, 2019
Airship has been developing VMS software for over 10 years, however, with no outside investment, and minimal marketing, the company is not well...

Most Recent Industry Reports

Proxy Presents Mobile Credentials For BLE Devices and Access on May 29, 2020
Proxy presented Mobile Credentials For BLE Devices and Access at the May 2020 IPVM Startups show. Inside this report: A 30-minute video...
ISC West 2020 Moves To The Basement on May 29, 2020
The twice cancelled/postponed show will now not only be held in a different month (October) but on a different floor, moving down to the...
Integrators Avoiding Coronavirus Air Travel on May 29, 2020
IPVM asked integrators if air travel is part of their 2020 plans to see how significantly Coronavirus will impact future...
Viakoo Presents Cyber Hygiene for Cameras on May 28, 2020
Viakoo presented its 'Cyber Hygiene' and 'Service Assurance' products at the April 2020 IPVM New Products show. Inside this report: A...
Seek Scan Thermal Temperature Screening System ReTested on May 28, 2020
Now that IPVM has tested Dahua, Hikvision, and Sunell, we are returning to Seek, the first blackbody system we tested and retested it with our...
Directory of 110 "Fever" Camera Suppliers on May 28, 2020
This directory provides a list of "Fever" scanning thermal camera providers to help you see and research what options are available. There are...
Fever Cameras Are Medical Devices, Per The FDA, Dahua, Feevr, Hikvision, InVid Contrary Claims Are False on May 28, 2020
Fever cameras are medical devices, despite what euphemisms various sellers use. The US FDA clearly categorizes them as medical devices and...
Wyze Raises $10 Million And Seeks Services Expansion on May 27, 2020
Wyze has raised $10 million, the company's first disclosed raise since the $20 million announced at the beginning of 2019. Inside this note,...
"Fever Camera" Show June 2020 Next Tuesday on May 27, 2020
IPVM is excited for the world's first "Fever Camera" show, to be held next Tuesday June 2nd and Wednesday the 3rd from 11am to 3pm EDT, giving you...
Startup Videoloft Presents Cloud Storage on May 27, 2020
Videoloft presented offsite cloud storage at the May 2020 IPVM Startups show. A 30-minute video from Videoloft including IPVM...